Merry Eighth Day of Christmas!

Monica on January 1st, 2016 | 26 comments

Merry Eighth Day of Christmas (and Happy New Year to all!)

On the Eighth Day of Christmas my True Love gave to me…..Eight maids a-milking.
From a literal sense milk was a luxury in the 15th and 16th century because with no refrigeration it would spoil quickly.
So milk, in and of itself, was a generous gift.
The eight maids a-milking represent the Eight Beatitudes, a wonderful and generous gift to Christians everywhere.
Jesus promises us happiness. In fact the word “blessed” means “happy.” The Beatitudes are at the core of Christ’s teaching.
They fulfill the promise made to the Jewish people by pointing beyond earthly happiness to the eternal happiness of heaven.
The reward promised in each of the Beatitudes is primarily heaven.

* Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
* Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
* Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
* Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
* Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
* Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
* Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
* Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

We love the Beatitudes so the Eighth Day has so much to offer us all.
Merry Eighth Day of Christmas!
We love you!

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26 thoughts on “Merry Eighth Day of Christmas!

  1. Happy New Year to all! Thank you to the Divine Office.Org & the many blessings it brings to our lives through the beautiful prayers & psalms & readings. It also helps me stay tuned to the Liturgical Calendar & keeps me back right on track everytime I get derailed from whatever distractions that come my way. This is truly a gift! Thank you very much!

  2. Happy New Year! There are 20 dreams and 20 visions in the Bible, may this year of 2020, be a year when all your dreams and visions are fulfilled!

  3. A very Merry Christmas season to you and your family! I would like to ask prayers for my neighbor Mrs. JoAnn England. She is in the rehab facility recovering from a broken hip. On top of that if she and her family do not figure out something before January 14 she will become a ward of the court and she will lose her home in order to pay for staying at the rehab facility. Also if you could please pray for a family friend named Steve Who going through medical issues right now. Prayers for them and their families and that God’s will be done would be greatly appreciated May God bless you and your family in Jesus through Mary, Joseph and all the saints!!!! With all love through Christ

  4. Happy New Year and blessings to all! Thank you for sharing the review on the Beatitudes. What a wondeful way to start the new year.

  5. Abundant blessings to you who have created and continue to maintain this wonderful way for laypeople to pray the Hours easily and affordably. The prayers, bells, readings, and songs have comforted me in grief, offered solace in despair, crowned joyous moments and strengthened my faith when it faltered. As a convert from agnosticism (Easter Vigil 2017) I learn so much from the Office of Readings. Bless everyone who reads this too.

  6. Dear KH, it was really great to read your review, being in Kazakhstan you don’t have any bells, but you love the sound of bells…. So do I love the bells. God Bless you KH and I hope that you will always hear the bells ringing. Ever watched the film ‘It’s a wonderful life?’ in the film they say every time a bell rings an angel gets their wings, Patrick

  7. Happy New Year!! thank you to all responsible for putting up and maintaining this site! we have been reborn and reinvigorated in our faith through your hardwork and perseverance. Wishing you a blessed and peaceful 2018!

    • Hello, Jacqueline, and Happy New Year.
      To see all the Merry Days of Christmas, first go to the top left of the page and click on Yesterday. When that comes up, scroll to the bottom of the page to Liturgy of the Hours for (date) and then click on Merry (Seventh) day of Christmas! You will need to do that for each day, they are not all listed together. Then continue logging in daily for the remaining days. God bless.

  8. Happy Octave and Happy New Year!!!
    May this ministry and those who work to keep it going with your time and contribution, continue to be richly blessed. God’s love and peace be with us all in 2017.
    Thanks for helping me with the daily food of prayers. – Divine Office.

  9. Thank you so much for making it possible for those of us who sometimes find it difficult to read to still take part in the Liturgy of the Hours. May many blessings come your way during this year of 2017.

  10. Happy New Year ! Thank you for this wonderful ministry. You are blessing many souls each day. I love to hear the bells ring as I am in Kazakhstan and you do not hear church bells ring.

    • Oh – I have never thought about what it might be like to live without bells ringing or without things that bring us us and life. Your comment moves me to be thankful for all God’s blessings. I offer for you peace and joy from half-way around the world. it is a pleasure to pray with you.. Deacon Jim

  11. Happy New Year to all, may 2017 bring peace and blessings to everyone!!! Thankful and grateful for this ministry and 2016, may God’s love continue to be with us all always.

  12. Happy New Year and may Jesus continually shine through your precious ministry in 2017. The Divine Office is a staple of my life and I am so assisted by this online resource, especially when I find it hard to read and focus. Thank you dear friends.

  13. Happy New Year to all of you who make possible that we can have access to the Liturgy of the Hours online.
    May God bless you forever!

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